Roland Kuit SoundLab II book of patching: Nord Modular / G2

Roland Kuit SoundLab II Mr Kuit is one of three very very talented modular gurus (the other 2 being Rob Hordijk and Tim Kleinert) – they all do very deep work and really go beyond the limits of the synth, in this case of course the Clavia Modular series which is unfortunately no longer available atm, but we all hope for a G3 sample-able synth since they got a sample engine and the cool G2 which must not be changed that much to still be cool – of course it’s nerdy but… well, this is part 1! so be aware to learn something!

well, why I tell you this? because he wrote a book, Roland Kuit. This may be a book even I may go for and I think I already have one! so why buy another boook? huh?

and here’s some patches on his site, so you won’t buy anything you may think you don’t know what’s it all about, all chapters are mentioned…

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  1. Author: Pablo Mastodon

    Nord G2 Owners Rejoice!

    Roland Kuit, the mad scientist who authored the definitive work on Nord Modular and G2 synthesis, SoundLab I, has now emerged from his studios to release SoundLab II, an exhaustive study which takes the myriad programming possibilities of the Nord’s G2 synths to previously unknown heights. Students of these techniques do not need to own a Nord to partake of these lessons thanks to the G2 Demo freeware provided by Nord, but for G2 owners SoundLab II represents a mind-boggling treasure trove of assorted building blocks illustrating various strategies for sound generation and control.

    „This eBook is not for low level users,“ page one warns; Dante’s „Beware all ye who enter here“ would be more appropriate. Seriously twisted combinations of modules abound and Roland seems to take special delight in demonstrating how to create/manipulate sound in new and obscure ways. LFOs coupled to flip-flop logic circuits become sequencers, homemade filters are cobbled together using miscellaneous bits and pieces, and the results are usually more conservative of CPU resources, and certainly more versatile, than using the ordinary stock sequencing or filtering modules.

    As with SoundLab I, each and every example in the book is represented by a patch screenshot which has been hyperlinked to the actual patch file for convenient download. Just teach your computer to associate the .pch2 file format with Nord’s G2 Demo freeware, and auditioning patch examples is a breeze. Well, almost a breeze….with more than 720 programming examples provided, spending only two minutes with each one will consume a full 24-hr day out of one’s life! Trust me, students of SoundLab II will be losing much sleep while staying up late immersing themselves in the complex world of colored-cable tapestries woven by Mr. Kuit.

    Seriously, this is Ph.D.-level work and deserves to be recognized as such. There is little doubt in my mind that the Board of Regents for Nord University will be awarding Roland Kuit an honorary doctorate along with tenured Professor Emeritus status for this milestone contribution to the world of G2 synthesis.

    It should be added that the SoundLab II examples are primarily created for educational/illustrative purposes and are not intended to provide unsophisticated users with easy, color-by-number short-cuts for creating programs. Serious study of these things will require serious time and thought investment, and a thorough understanding of SoundLab I…no pain, no gain. Wink

    Pablo Mastodon

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